This comprehensive tour of Istanbul including six top Istanbul attractions around the Sultanahmet neighborhood for about 6 hours combines history, culture and good food.
You will learn about Istanbul’s amazing history as capital city of 3 big Empires. Your tour will include St Sophia, Topkapı Palace Museum (Clsd on Tue.), Blue Mosque,( Not on Fridays ), Roman Cistern, and Grand Bazaar (Clsd on Sun.)
All the sites are in close proximity and we will set the pace according to you. We will buy your tickets in advance to skip all the ticket lines at the entrances..( except for the Blue Mosque ) The lunch will be taken in a small restaurant with quick service where they serve typical Turkish food. We may also visit carpet / leather / tile / handbag shops for shopping in the Grand Bazaar at the end of the tour if requested...if not we will skip that part.
There is no need for a tour transportation to do this tour. It can be done by walk. Meeting point at Sultanahmet will be described after booking.
If you are visiting Istanbul by a cruise ship or if your hotel is far away from the Old city then you may ask for a private pick up and drop off .. We have deluxe Mercedes minivans to provide such service at very reasonable fees.
Please note that there will be only you, your people and your private tour guide at the tour because it is a private tour.
I am a freelance working, licensed tour-guide with over 25 years experience. As I have studied Christianity, Archaeology, History, Mythology (as well as other related subjects) I can help you understand our diverse history and culture and also trying good Turkish food and looking for reliable places for shopping. Compared to your typical guide who simply 'transport' you to the hot tourist spots, my tours are unique in the sense that you will be enthralled with historical snippets at every major point of interest. I also try to make my tours informative, and entertaining, with stories and conversation to illustrate the many facets of this richly varied and fascinating country. Please also check me out at the Trip Advisor as "Private tour guide Ali Yalniz" to read hundreds of other perfect reviews about my tours from the past clients. Full profile
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